My wife bought me a "Dremel" 18" scroll saw workstation for X-Mas. Is this
a decent make for a scroll saw?? It seems to cut smooth and blades are
easy to change. Where can I find scroll saw patterns.......internet?
Could someone post some cool patterns of crosses, or anything else so I can
give this tool a workout? I am thinking of sizing the image and juist
gluing it onto a peace of wood and then cutting it out.......will this work
instead of using carbon paper? Thanks in advance !
Roger J. Matye
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MSN Groups: Free Scrollsaw Patterns:
(You have to join the group)
There are other newsgroups / forums dedicated to scrollsaw,
but they don't offer free patterns.
If you are new to scrollsaw, visit Rick's place, read up on blade choices:
Yep. Have you tried Google?
Most woodworking supply stores carry a good selection of books with scrollsaw
patterns. There must be thousands in print. Do you have a Rockler or Woodcraft
store anywhere near you? Also, check your Yellow Pages under "woodworking" to
see if there are any independent woodworking supply stores in your area. Here
in Indianapolis, we have a Rockler and a Woodcraft -- and an independent
"mom-and-pop" shop that carries easily three times the selection of scrollsaw
pattern books of Rockler and Woodcraft *combined*. (For those in the Indy
area, I'm talking about Woods-Work on East Washington street.)
That will work fine. Lots easier than carbon paper. Solvent-based spray
adhesives work well for adhering the paper to the wood temporarity. Don't use
a water-based wood glue, or you'll have a ton of trouble removing the paper.
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The dremel looks like a pretty good saw, at least to begin with. I, and
most serious scrollers, have the DeWalt. If you're going to get
completely serious about this, and have lots of $$$, then look at the
Hegner or RBI saws. Very nice, and very expensive.
As far as patterns are concerned, you can use almost anything you can
copy. As the others have mentioned, most WW shops will have a good
selection of pattern books. Copy the pattern with a laser (NOT ink-jet)
printer or copier, and attach them to the wood using something like the
3M artists adhesive. After you complete cutting the pattern out, simply
sand off the remaining paper.
When you get further into it, you'll probably want to do more
complicated patterns that have lots of fretwork (inside cuts) and
complexity. For these, go to either WildWood Designs
(www.wildwooddesigns.com) or the Berry Basket (www.berrybasket.com).
These places also sell clock inserts and parts.
Blades are important. The best blades are Flying Dutchman. You can get
these from Mike's Workshop (www.mikesworkshop.com). I've never seen
Flying Dutchman at either Rockler or Woodcraft.
Finally, there's the wood. Starting out, I recommend that you simply
use Baltic Birch plywood, as this is relatively inexpensive, can make
some very nice projects, and is easy to get. Once you get into it
further, you'll probably want to use hardwoods, as they make the best
projects. Personally, I like working with Walnut and Cherry, although
you have to watch the burning with Cherry.
There are lots of on-line places to get 1/4 - 3/4" hardwoods, which are
what you'll be using. If you've got a bandsaw with riser blocks and can
resaw, you've got it made. With that, you can buy 4/4 or larger lumber
and resaw it to your required size.
Finally, there is a group on the Wood magazine site that seems very
good. Check out
The guys there will be happy to answer questions.
Good luck! I love my saw. This year I'm going to make a Grandfather
Clock with it!
Roger M. wrote:
Patterns: Internet, coloring books, anything that has some manner of
Glueing: WalMart and many other stores carry spray adhesive by several
different mfgrs - take your pick.
Next, go to your library or a bookstore and snoop thru the Scroll Saw
books so you have a sense of what to do - seriously. They'll teach you
the basics you'll need and how to do patterns etc.
Roger M. wrote:
There are lots of scrollsaw pattern books at most bookstores. Patterns on
the net, too, or draw your own.
Sure. Use a spray adhesive like 3M photo mount. You want something that's
nonpermanent so you don't have to spend a lot of time sanding, but you want
something that sticks well enough so that it won't lift off as you're
The Dremel will serve you well. Folks have already pointed out the places that
I get many of my patterns from so I won't add to those.
As far as adhering the pattern to the wood, first, cover the wood with blue
painters' tape, use a spray adhesive such as 3M 77, Scotch Bond, etc. to adhere
the pattern to the tape then cover with clear packing tape. The tapes
lubricate the blade which helps reduce burning of the wood. I'd suggest
picking up any "basics" book from Patrick Spielman as well as the video
"Scollsaw Fretworking A-Z" which you can get direct from the source on e-bay
for about $15.
There are any number of ways to transfer the pattern. Rubber cement
for a paper copy is the most obvious, but there are other glues as
well. Aleene's Tacky Glue is also well known. You can find it at most
craft chains, such as JoAnne's, A.C.Moore, etc.
I have a Dremel 1680, but no room to work with it right now.
For more help from fellow scrollers, there is also a mailing list:
Sign up at:
An online chat can be found at: http://se.allthingswood.com/apirc /
The world wide scroll saw association is at:
And Mike has most of the blades you can't find anywhere else:
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